Lionel Messi has exited the UEFA Champions League in the round of 16 for the third season in a row.
The Argentina captain played the full 90 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain against Bayern Munich in Germany on Tuesday night but was not able to prevent his side falling to a 2-0 defeat.
That saw Bayern progress 3-0 on aggregate after they had won 1-0 in Paris three weeks earlier.
Maxim Choupo-Moting scored opening goal for the second leg when he punished his former team for overplaying inside their own penalty area.
Thomas Muller tackled Marco Verratti in the corner of PSG’s 18-yard box before passing to Leon Goretzka, who put the ball on a plate for Choupo-Moting.
Bayern then killed the contest in the 90th minute when Serge Gnabry finished off a counter-attack following an assist by fellow substitute Joao Cancelo.
PSG’s most exciting moment of the night had come in the 38th minute when Vitinha was denied a goal by a brilliant Matthijs de Light clearance.
Messi impressed in flashes, registering three shots and three key passes. But he was part of a team that was firmly second best.
Messi’s final Champions League campaign with Barcelona had ended in a 5-2 aggregate loss to PSG at this stage.
This was three straight last 16 exits came after Messi had reached the quarter-finals in 13 consecutive seasons with Barca between 2008 and 2020.
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